The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical in nature and the building was declared a total loss -- estimated at
"I'm heartbroken over it," Isa said. "I've been there so long and suddenly I lose it in one day. It's like losing a friend."
Since the fire, Isa has wanted to rebuild.
Earlier this summer, demolition work occurred on the burned-out building at the corner of Hawley and Green streets. But late last month, he had to withdraw his plan to rebuild from the city's Zoning
Isa said insurance provided enough to pay off his current loans, but it wasn't enough to rebuild. He then tried to get a new business loan, but was only granted half of what he requested. He said to rebuild the convenient store he would need about
Now Isa is left in a tough position as he knows how much the neighborhood around
"They needed a store in the neighborhood so bad, because the closest place is 7-Eleven," he said. "There were a lot of walkers we had. They didn't have cars, so they have to walk far. Wintertime is coming now. It's going to really suck for them and I feel bad I can't help."
In his initial plans to rebuild, Isa was only looking to rebuild the convenient store portion, not the apartment buildings because he wouldn't be able to afford the whole rebuild.
"I would love to have it back the same way I had it before," he said.
Isa is currently looking for a new place to open a convenience store in
"If I can't rebuild over there, I'm looking for another place to start another opportunity in
He said he has been asked by people what will become of the land, and his answer is if he could find a person who is committed to rebuilding the store, he would give them the land to do so.
"If I can't do it, I'm willing to give up the land to someone else," Isa said. "I just want to see the store back up in that neighborhood. They really need it."
Isa said he was very thankful to the
"They tried their best to put the fire out, but it didn't work," he said.
He was also thankful to Chief
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